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Virginia College Parents, Inc. Advocates:

Every University and College In Virginia

  • Establish a comprehensive written campus policy on alcohol sales, service, and advertising designed to minimize alcohol problems among young adults and prevent underage drinking
  • Utilize the many alcohol and drug educational programs available (Freshman orientation & Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) prevention staffing are critical)
  • Support environmental strategies designed to reduce the student drinking culture
  • Support counseling and treatment of students through established college health programs
  • Support strict enforcement of state and local laws and ordinances relating to impaired driving and underage drinking by law enforcement and college officials
  • Establish a policy that alcohol is not to be sold to, provided to, or possessed by students under age 21 on campus
  • Establish a campus task force on drug and alcohol problem prevention which reports directly to the president and includes students and faculty as well as administrators
  • Establish and enforce policies against excessive student behavior both on and off-campus
  • Notify parents in all incidents involving alcohol or drugs
  • Collect information on and report all violations in accordance with the law and federal standards
  • Consistently impose fair and meaningful consequences including treatment following education, probation and counseling for first offense (actual consequences must be publicized to potential offenders)
  • Suspend and/or expel multiple repeat offenders
  • Encourage reduction of advertising and promotion of alcohol to student population including barring on-campus advertising of alcohol
  • Expand alcohol-free activities and facilities by universities
  • Support social norms marketing to reduce consumption only secondarily to sending clear message against underage drinking (no mixed messages)
  • Support safe ride/designated driver programs: 1. When implemented as a safety valve within the context of a greater program that discourages underage and high-risk drinking behaviors and supports enforcement of laws and policies against underage and abusive drinking, and 2. When strictly enforced publicized standards for non-drinking designated drivers are included
  • Collect and report data about alcohol and drug use rates on campus

All Involved

  • Support strict enforcement of drinking and driving laws including suspension of licenses for underage drinking
  • Support establishment of reciprocal agreements between local law enforcement agencies and campus police for enforcement of age 21 and impaired driving laws
  • Support reduction of availability of alcohol to student population
  • Support education of high school and college students and parents on risks associated with underage and excessive consumption
  • Support prosecution of those providing alcohol to underage persons (including parents who believe they are acting to protect kids by controlling drinking environment)
  • Support holding monetarily responsible for damages those who serve underage consumers and/or serve excessive amounts
  • Form campus-community coalitions to change the environment and culture that sustains abusive and underage alcohol use


Copyright © 2003 Virginia College Parents, Inc. Last modified: February 1, 2016